Saturday, 10 March 2018

Aloe Vera In My Kitchen

One again, I really thought I was not going to be able to join in with In My Kitchen this month, but here I am with a few little bits in my kitchen and some in cupboards.
March sees lots of daffodils around Wales, but sadly this year many of them got crushed by the extraordinary weather: blizzards, strong winds, drifting snow and bitter cold and a storm.  This was then followed by a rare phenomenon of freezing rain, yes rain drops that freeze.  

I don't have any happy yellow daffodils to share with you today, but instead I share with you two house plants that are not in my kitchen as there is no room on the window sill, so they are upstairs in one of the rooms.  The cactus given to me by my mother and the other - an Aloe Vera by a new work colleague who happens to be from Mauritius, who is becoming a friend.   I must confess, even though I do well growing vegetables and herbs in my allotment garden plot, house plants are another story.  Cacti and Aloe Vera are the two that do relatively well without much help from me, so I am very pleased to have them.  



In my Kitchen you will find a jar  of Yasko Tempeh.  I tend to buy tempeh shrink wrapped, but thought I would try t. 
 I have two brands of  Tofu in my fridge.  One is from The Tofoo Co .  I have been seeing this brand popping up recently and was ignoring, but when Kari from Bite Sized Thoughts showcased a flavoured version on her blog last month, I thought I would give it a try.
The other Tofu was pricked up on a recent trip to Cardiff city centre - Oasis Marinated Tofu that was used in a Mushroom Strogonoff.  It was so flavoursome and quite nice. I may pick it up again to use in vegan sushi as I often only ever use vegetables in mine. 
I use soya mince quite a bit in my recipes, so I amused to find these Soya Balls - non GM.  I know we probably eat a lot of GM products without knowing especially as it is not often declared on packaging. I am not sure what I will do with these balls, but I am hoping they will be better than the soya chunk cube variety that I have used in the past, that made the food look like dog food
Tropical Sun Jamaican Jerk Paste Seasoning.  I have used this product in the past and it was lovely, but a little too salty.  
A tin of Southside Ackee in Brine - I actually got this last year when we went to Birmingham and somehow missed to share it.  Ackee is the national fruit of Jamaica, but it is often eaten as a vegetable in savoury dishes, the most famous being Ackee and Saltfish patties.  I have cooked with Ackee in the past, but not since starting the blog almost 10 years ago.  Ackee- fresh and tinned are not an easy ingredient to source in the UK even though Afro-Caribbean communities have been in the UK for decades.  You will only find it with ease in cities with a thriving ethnically diverse communities.  I still struggle to find it in the city of Cardiff, Wales; and when I do it is quite pricey.  One of the other interesting things about Ackee is that it was often used as a vegan 'egg' scramble substitute.
However, if you want to find Eastern European ingredients like gherkins and Sauerkraut, they are easily found on most, if not all Supermarket shelves.  It does amuse me how some communities are catered for quickly than 'others'.  I picked up the Sauerkraut because I saw a recipe in a cookbook that called to me, I just cannot remember what cookbook now and the gherkins are for D.  He has always liked them.  
I don't drink much in the way of fizzy pop, but I do have a liking for Sanpellegrino.  This started when I was working at Hunky Dory's.  My favourite is Blood Orange, but this Clementine is a close second.  Its not something I indulge in that often, but when I do I enjoy it slowly. 
And finally, a couple of weeks back we went to Bath, we were feeling a little nibbly so I picked up these Cliff Bar Cool Mint Chocolate, but neither of us wanted to eat it as we wanted something a bit more savoury.  So these bars are still waiting to be ripped open. 

I am sharing this blog post with Sherry Pickings for In My Kitchen series, an opportunity to have a good nosey to see what other bloggers have in their kitchen world wide. 

18 comments:

  1. I have been ignoring the tofoo co but now I am intrigued. Love sauerkraut washed before added to fried onions and few other veggies 🌶🍅 . Add vegan chorizo and pop it in oven until nicely coloured xx

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    1. Laura, I am hoping it is better than the other brand that is easily available at supermarkets. I just want it to be firmer for cooking.Thanks for the suggestion re kraut, I will try it when I make vegan chorizo next time

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  2. I love sauerkraut! And the blood orange drink sounds tasty. Ackee is a fruit isn’t it? I worry a bit about soy products. I keep reading that it may not be good for you. But who knows?:). Thanks heaps for joining in IMK. Appreciate it! Cheers sherry x

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    1. Oh forgive me, i am terrible Ackee is the national fruit of Jamaica, but it is often eaten as a vegetable in savoury dishes.

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  3. I like succulents and cacti very much. There are loads of good foods in your kitchen as well. I also like clementine and blood orange Sanpellegrino.

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    1. Thank you VegHog - Blood orange sanpelegrino - yum

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  4. I really like Tofoo's stuff, particularly the smoked one, but I've never been too convinced by the Oasis though. I've tried the plain, sounds like I should try the marinated instead! What did you make with the ackee? I've always wondered if it wouldn't make a nice vegan scrambled egg equivalent. I look forward to finding out where is ends up!

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    1. I will have to try the smoked one Joey too. You should give the marinated oasis one a try at least, but i know what you mean about plain ones. In the past I made a vegan version of Jamaican Ackee and Tofu 'Fish'. I am thinking about making that again to share on my blog. I have seen it in the past used as a vegan sub for scrambled eggs, but not so much recently as it is pricey plus otehr vegan 'eggs' have appeared on the scene

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  5. Hi Shaheen, I hope you and D are well. I wondered if you had a recipe for Korma? Aldi's carries a jarred variety which I use but I would like to try making it from scratch. Thank you. Please reply to my email.ecarter09@gmail.com.

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    1. Thank you e. I don't really make Korma's, but here is one that I made in the past and it was delicious, just ease off the coconut milk as my turned into a soup.
      https://allotment2kitchen.blogspot.co.uk/2016/01/drowning-in-coconut-milk-korma-soup.html

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  6. Clif bars...good stuff..especially when you're on a good walk!

    The kitchen is a good place for the aloe vera..anti-burns plant...

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    1. Thanks gz. I have never been tempted by them before, it was on offer, so I snapped up a couple- still to be ripped open as I said. Yes, I love my aloe vera plant - it needs up potting already. And yes, good for burns and other thing. - a plant worth having in your home.

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  7. Your aloe and succulents are so pretty, I like these houseplants too because I am a houseplant killer!

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    1. Thank you Susie. the photo does not do justice to either of them, but i love them. You make me smile that you too are a houseplant killer somewhat makes me feel better - sorry - I am glad I am not alone

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  8. I see those cliff bars around but have never tasted them as they never look appetising (because I just judge by the cover). I admire your green aloe vera - I have a little pot outside but it has been neglected and faded over summer - hopefully it will pick up in winter if we ever get some decent rain. I've never seen tempeh in a jar - it is just in a briny mixture like the one in the plastic. I guess it is more environmentally friendly. I like san pelligrino and am always intrigued by the idea of sauerkraut but still not found recipes I love to use it in. And I do not know ackee at all so will be interested if you blog what you make with it.

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    1. I know what you mean Johanna, as they never appealed to me either. they were on offer and guess what still to be ripped open. I will let you know what i think when we tuck in. I am hoping to love this aloe vera plant as the last one did not survive as we left it out in the greenhouse and it got neglected, this one is staying indoors on the window sill. i have just up-dated the blog post, forgive me sometimes i take for granted that my readers know what I am talking about. I was introduced to it when I lived in Glasgow.

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  9. You have some interesting products in your kitchen and I have never tried ackee but do like that Jamaican Jerk seasoning - I have the same one!

    What did you think of the naked tofoo? I confess I don't like that version much despite liking the flavoured pieces. I'll have to look out for the other brand you mention and commend.

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    1. Thanks Kari. I still have cooked with the tofoo - hoping to do something with it this w/e. I am hoping it is firmer than the brand readily avail. at supermarkets. I will up-date this comment space once I have tried it to let you know my thoughts.

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